Washington motorcycle drivers are especially at risk of injury or death in motorcycle collisions because they are not only difficult to see due to their size, but also do not offer the same level of protection against injury or death. Because of this lack of protection, as well as the smaller relative size of motorcycles, these accidents have the potential to involve far more serious injuries than car accident claims.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Our Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Bremerton motorcycle accident attorneys have observed are many causes of motorcycle accidents.
Distracted and/or negligent drivers: In addition to smart phones, there are plenty of other avenues of distraction for drivers. Reaching for the radio, food or water in another seat or on the floor, turning to speak with a passenger, eating and drinking, or even grooming are common factors contributing to a negligent driver.
Blind spots: Almost all motor vehicles contain blind spots. They vary in size and location, and there are many ways to exacerbate their presence in a vehicle. Improperly aligned mirrors, head rests, cargo, luggage and even passengers can all extend blind spots.
Motorcycles are difficult to see: The average motorcycle takes up a fraction of the amount of space on the road. This makes them less visible and far more likely to be hit by a negligent driver. Often times this scenario ends with a motor vehicle forcing a motorcycle rider off-road.
Road conditions including fixed objects: Braking too hard, not braking at all, and inability to counter-steer can attribute to motorcyclists being involved in a serious collision. In addition, oftentimes roads are poorly maintained, or riddled with obstacles that simply shouldn’t be there. The Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bremerton motorcycle accident lawyers at Washington’s Law Firm have seen motorcycle injury claims against owners of illegally parked vehicles, vehicles with an open door, as well as municipalities.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Road Rash – Many motorcyclists wear limited protection when riding. When a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike and slides across the pavement, the abrasion from the ground scrapes off the skin.
Biker’s arm – Biker’s arm is the nickname for nerve damage and paralysis of the arm caused by the initial impact of the motorcycle rider and the ground. Many riders instinctively hold their arm out to minimize impact, and suffer significant damage to the arm they extended
Fractures and broken bones – Motorcycles do not protect from impact, so fractures of the large bones in the body are very common.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and brain trauma – Unfortunately, brain injuries are one of the more common injuries observed after a motorcycle accident. Though most riders wear helmets, it’s simply not enough to completely protect the skull from all injury. Brain injuries are devastating and not to be taken lightly. Many TBI injuries result in years-long impairment of memory, cognitive functions and even personality. Eyesight, the sense of touch, and the ability to move around can also be impacted. The Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Bremerton motorcycle accident attorneys take TBI claims very seriously, and seek compensation for the often permanent damage sustained.
Scarring and disfigurement – These injuries are common in serious motorcycle accidents as severe injuries often require extensive medical treatment including plastic surgery, and take a long time to recover from.
Degloving – This is a particularly gruesome injury that involves all of the skin completely coming off a hand or foot. This leaves all of the muscle, tendons, fascia and other tissues completely exposed. This type of injury is devastating in that it is quite terrible to recover from. In addition, exposed body parts are left with less ability to perform its intended basic functions.
Burns – Fire can also be present at the scene of a motorcycle accident. Sometimes body parts are so badly damaged that medical treatment fails and amputation is necessary.
Common Motorcycle Accident Legal Issues
Lack of insurance available – Motorcyclists in Washington are not required to carry insurance for their bike. This contributes to the complications and headache of motorcycle collisions. Because of the increased susceptibility injury faced by motorcycle riders, they should have more comprehensive policies that include UIM/UM and PIP coverage.
Comparative fault – Washington Law recognizes that both parties involved in a collision may potentially share fault for the collision. If a motorcycle rider was a contributing factor, compensation will be reduced by the amount by which the rider contributed to the collision.
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The Seattle, Everett, Tacoma and Bremerton motorcycle accident attorneys at Washington’s Law Firm will work tirelessly to help you recover everything you are entitled to under the law. Insurance companies go to great lengths to play down injuries in order to lower the amount they compensate motorcycle accident victims. We are here to make sure that we shoulder the stress of putting together a strong case and put our resources to work to ensure you can get your life back on track.
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